Most of the work we do is based on an hourly rate. All time is recorded using online specialist legal software. We have a set hourly rate for our solicitors and a set rate for our paralegal who assists wherever possible to keep your costs down.
An initial consultation of one hour is usually recommended for new clients. This allows us to have a discussion with you to determine the issues, and offer some initial advice. This may also include a review of any relevant documentation such as contract of employment and employer correspondence.
We always urge individuals to check their home insurance to see if they have legal expenses cover included. This cover typically starts at the point you lodge an Employment Tribunal claim and tends to cover your legal fees up to a maximum limit as per your insurance cover. If you are facing a situation at work that you feel may result in an Employment Tribunal claim, we would recommend that you check if you have legal expenses cover at an early stage as it can take a while to get confirmation of cover.
We are not registered with the Legal Aid Board. Therefore, all work is charged at our hourly rate unless a fixed fee has been agreed. We can provide fee estimates for particular pieces of work.
We offer two options for providing legal and HR advice to businesses and would be happy to have an initial discussion with you to determine which option would be most suited to your business. We also like to take time to understand you, your business and your employees so that we can provide tailored and practical advice in an easy to understand and approachable manner.
We can carry out work based on the hourly rates, where all time is recorded on a time-in-line basis and then invoiced monthly to keep on top of fees.
For businesses, we offer a retainer service. There is a set monthly fee for the retainer service which is based on the number of employees and workers.
Included in the fixed monthly fee is unlimited employment advice on things such as disciplinaries, grievances, sickness absence, holidays and other day-to-day HR-type queries as well as more complex things like TUPE, redundancy, discrimination etc.
The retainer can also include a review of existing employment contracts and/or staff handbook or the drafting of new contracts if required.
Employment Tribunal representation and preparation of Settlement Agreements are the only things excluded from the retainer. Fee estimates and/or fixed fees can be agreed in advance for these matters.
As part of the retainer, we can also provide training for your business, employees or managers on employment-related topics such as social media in the workplace, carrying out investigations, handling grievances, and an introduction to employment law and common HR issues.
As well as providing advice over the phone, via email, or at virtual or in-person meetings, we can provide all drafts that may be needed for certain procedures including letters, agendas for meetings, outcome letters etc.
There is no lengthy tie-in period and the retainer arrangement can be terminated on one month’s notice by either party. However, if instructed to review/draft contracts, there would be a short tie-in period (usually around 3 months) to ensure there is sufficient time to complete the work.